Two arrested in Line 3 protest

Two were arrested Wednesday after locking themselves to excavating equipment.

According to a release, the self-proclaimed “water protectors” attempted to prevent work on an Enbridge pump station in Two Inlets.

The two arrestees are both from St. Paul, Minn.

Last week, the Minnesota DNR finished the approval of 10 permits Enbridge required to proceed with its Line 3 replacement project.

Twelve members of the Environmental Justice Advisory Group have resigned over the issuance of a permit for the pipeline project.  The group has just 17 members.  It is set up to advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on environmental justice issues. 

The members are stepping down as a protest of the permit approval. 

The decision by the MPCA makes it possible for construction on the controversial project to start as soon as December.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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